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Nebraska Governor - Heineman vs. Meister

Candidates

Dave Heineman

Dave Heineman (R)*

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Mike Meister

Mike Meister (D)

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Nebraska Snapshot

RCP Ranking:
2010 State Races:
NE-2

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2008:
President | Senate
2006: Governor
2004: President | NE-1 | NE-2 | NE-3

Polling Data

PollDateSampleHeineman (R)Meister (D)Spread
Final Results----74.325.7Heineman +48.6
Rasmussen Reports10/7 - 10/7500 LV6624Heineman +42
Rasmussen Reports9/2 - 9/2500 LV6128Heineman +33
Rasmussen Reports7/19 - 7/19500 LV7118Heineman +53

Race Analysis

Nebraska’s Republican roots run deep. It was one of a handful of states that voted against Franklin Roosevelt twice, and from 1940-2008 it voted for the Democrat only once, when it gave LBJ 52 percent of the vote in 1964.

But its gubernatorial politics are more heterodox. In 2002, Mike Johanns became the first Republican to win a second term since 1954: Republicans won only three of 12 elections from 1958 through 1998. The typical Democratic formula was to have a Republican incumbent raise taxes, allowing a conservative Democrat to sneak through. This year, there are no signs of that happening, and Dave Heineman will almost certainly be handily re-elected against attorney Mike Meister.